Shrine of La Niña Blanca in my home temple space. Prayer and photo (c) A. Applegate 2018.
Most Holy Death,
Glorious and Powerful
Sister of Mercy,
Stand firm as my Protector:
My unwavering shield
Against all foes,
Those known and those not known to me.
Be my guiding light
When all avenues seem dark,
Ensuring the safety of my body and
The wellness of my mind and spirit.
Lady of Purity,
Lady of Righteousness,
Seated at the Right Hand of the Father,
May I always find refuge in
Your mantle of Protection,
Granting me spiritual and physical protection and peace.
So shall it be.
(Pray the “Hail Mary” three times.)
(c) A. Applegate 2018
Last September at Chicago Pagan Pride, I came across an old acquaintance in the Chicago Pagan community whom, I discovered, runs a weekly AM radio show (streamed online via Que4.org) called Magick Radio Chicago. I was asked about the idea of consenting for an interview with other Chicago Fellowship of Isis members to discuss the organization and our thoughts on Chicago’s Pagan communities (I prefer the plural term because the scene is highly fragmented). I tucked the show host’s business card into my pocket and told him I would get back to him in a few weeks…which turned into four months, when he, to my surprise, attended the La Santa Muerte workshop I hosted at Alchemy Arts bookstore last month and he brought up the idea of the radio interview again. The show’s host, named Drew, was under the false impression that the Chicago Fellowship of Isis community, which is comprised of active members grouped into autonomous and individual Lyceums, Iseums, and Temples, had a “senior officers” roster akin to the leadership found in esoteric initiatory traditions ranked in one sole group, but we don’t as our sense of organizational structure is very different (and much more minuscule). It’s really my Archpriestess-Hierophant friend Demetria (who heads the Lyceum of Alexandria-Mishigami) and I serving as the “mouthpieces” for the tight-knit stellium of small groups. Hence it was she and I who sat in the control booth for the live radio broadcast of episode 127 of Magick Radio Chicago on Saturday night, February 10. Continue reading
I wish there were more overlap between horror film fans and occultists when it comes to giving reviews of spooky movies with strong occult themes. Since Nature abhors a vacuum, I’ll gladly step right in here, folks! While the film I’m reviewing, A Dark Song, came out in 2016 (to much critical acclaim, a feat all the more striking when you consider that this film serves as the directorial debut for Ireland’s Liam Gavin), and is thus not “new,” it is new to me and I only heard of it in the past week because of the wonderfully astute targeted marketing engine that drives Netflix! A Dark Song is a visually lush (absolutely captivating cinematography of Ireland’s brooding soulscapes), suspenseful, taut film (1 hour, 40 minutes long) with stellar acting performances and an unforgettable ending. It’s something that everyone with ceremonial magic ritual experience ought to see: at its core, we’re treated to a shamanic Underworld journey that vindicates so-called “Low” Magic. (If you’re expecting me to spell “magic” with a “k” tacked on at the end, sorry not sorry to disappoint because this is my editorial style!) Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve experienced any disturbing dreams but the one I woke up from at 5:05 this morning (it’s still pitch black at that time in Chicago’s late-winter skies) still has me reeling and viscerally experiencing its effects in my chest: there’s a sensation of tightness and literal heaviness in my heart chakra area and I’ve got an elevated heart rate (116 BPM). I dreamt that I had gotten possessed by none other than the goddess Kali-Ma; the scene switched from its original location and had me in my living room of my childhood home, where my dead grandmother on my mother’s side was speaking to me until she saw my possessed state and became terrified of me and backed herself up against the south wall of the living room, screaming in horror. I was horrified because the part of me that was still “me” in my consciousness was incapable of stopping any of it.
I’ve had a spate of creativity with my hands lately, and I’m pleased to announce that I’ve uploaded 5 listings of gemstone bead devotional necklaces to my Etsy site, JackalMoonDesigns! Check them out: devotional necklaces to Macha, Hekate (my pieces in honor of Her sell out quickly!), Odin, and Cernunnos! And a spiffy copper pentacle necklace with turquoise and amber rounds out the offerings.
Chicagoland peeps! I hope to see you on March 3 at my friend Juli’s Pagan-owned and operated metaphysical shop, Maiden Bedlam (in the northwest suburb of Elgin), on March 3 from 1-4 p.m.! I’ll be teaching a three-hour “Fundamentals of Astrology” workshop, which includes me doing participants’ natal charts and incorporating them into class discussion. Continue reading
Ride the Waves: The Astrology of February 2018
(c) Anna Applegate
Starting out with the Fixed Air vibes of Aquarius and moving into full immersion into the Mutable Neptunian ocean of Pisces, the month of February will have us riding energetic waves both smooth and choppy. By the end of the month, we will have a stellium of five planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune, Chiron) in Pisces. Continue reading